Process Engineering Graduate - 28786

Graduate Training 2
Fixed Term
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability
£28,802 - £29,521 pro-rata
The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We don’t just talk about diversity; we seek it, embrace it, and live it, for the benefit of our staff, our communities, and our environment.

These graduate posts are an expansion from our successful industrial placement programme to introduce more chemical engineers into our Regulated Industry teams.

-During the first year you’ll work within our permitting team to assess permit applications for industrial activities and write environmental permits that require industrial sites to operate at high standards and limit their impact to the environment. Starting with some simple applications to gain an understanding of our assessment process, you’ll then move on to more complex applications that will rely on your process engineering knowledge, such as air dispersion modelling.

-For the second year you’ll work alongside our Regulatory Officers in one of our Local Operations teams. You’ll visit industrial sites to check that the conditions of the environmental permits are being met, provide advice to permit holders looking to change their operations and support investigations where legal obligations are not being met.

-You’ll then be deployed into other departments to develop a breadth and depth of understanding of the roles where chemical engineers can help the Environment Agency deliver our objectives.

While you’ll arrive equipped with a knowledge of the industrial processes we regulate, we’ll provide you with further training to enable you to carry out our regulatory duties. You’ll also be assigned a chartered IChemE mentor who will ensure your experience is relevant to your professional development and support your chartership journey.

You’ll have an inclusive incident management objective in your development plan, so we’ll support you to find an incident role to suit your needs and circumstances. Appropriate training will be given.
We promote a positive, inclusive, and supportive culture where everyone feels valued.

Throughout the scheme you’ll work with various colleagues based across the country and you will be encouraged to build a network of contacts ranging from Regulatory Officers who carry out compliance inspections to environmental specialists and Head Office staff that liaise with government.

Please see Additional Information Pack for more information.
When you join us in September you must have achieved MEng on an IChemE accredited course in the last 2 years. You will benefit from any environmental modules that were included in your course, but it is not essential for you to have done these.

The ability to drive is desirable but not essential.

In your capability-based answers please demonstrate your:
-ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and actively encourage others to consider diversity issues in their work.
-ability to set and deliver high work standards, demonstrating a drive to meet targets.
-ability to prioritise and organise tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.
-ability to interpret, manage and share data and information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

You will receive a range of development opportunities and appropriate training will be provided.

Please see Additional Information Pack for more information.
We’re committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve, so welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds.

Our Candidate Call about these roles on 15th April 2024 at 12:00pm

For more information about working for us, who to contact regarding these roles and how to apply please read the Candidate Pack and Additional Information Pack.

If you have any queries, or want to discuss the role, working patterns, base locations etc, please contact

Applications will be “blind” assessed using your answers to the competency questions.

Interviews will be held using MS Teams during May 2024

If you consent to be recruited onto a reserve list, we’ll hold your details for 6 months and we may offer you an alternative post

19/04/2024, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
up to 31/08/2028
Works in Teams
More information on how to answer competency questions can be found in the candidate pack.

Works co-operatively as part of a team to achieve common goals.

Give an example of when you have developed and maintained good working relationships within a team, in particular how you have achieved this and any challenges you had to overcome.
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards, demonstrates the drive to meet targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

Give an example of a time when you have been set some challenging objectives. How did you prioritise the tasks to make sure you could get everything done to a high standard?
Data and Information Management
Collects, analyses, interprets, records, manages, develops, and shares data, material, or information appropriately for a variety of purposes.

Give an example of when you have had to analyse and interpret data to present your findings to others. Explain how you gathered and checked the information and how you made sure your analysis was robust and well received.
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.